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SYNAGOGUES REBUILD : VALLEY CONGREGATIONS MARCHING TO CELEBRATE RENEWAL CEREMONIES.

Byline: Tracy Valeri Daily News Staff Writer

Two North Hollywood Jewish organizations will join together Sunday in a march from the groundbreaking ceremony of one synagogue to the building dedication of another.

Toras HeShem fell victim to an anti-Semitic firebomb that ravaged its old building in 1991. Now, the outreach synagogue will dedicate its new facility, after a five-year period of cramped services in locales that included homes and even a pizzeria.

The perpetrators of the crime never were caught, but the commitment of the congregation to rebuild in the same spot was never in question, according to Rabbi Zvi Block.

``The tragedy perpetrated against us was nothing short of a holocaust,'' Block said. ``We vowed to build on the same site and celebrate victory over their bigotry.''

Toras HeShem's ``parent,'' Shaary Zedek is one of the oldest and largest Orthodox synagogues in the Valley. Shaary Zedek blessed Toras HeShem's opening in 1976 and has been considered the parent synagogue ever since.

Shaary Zedek, a 45-year-old Valley Jewish institution, has been planning to rebuild for more than a decade, according to Rabbi Marvin Sugarman.

Those plans will be put into action Sunday, as Shaary Zedek will be celebrating the groundbreaking for its new larger, renovated building at the same time as Toras HeShem dedicates its new facility.

Sugarman said Shaary Zedek has been working closely with Toras HeShem.

``Our synagogue has been the hub and center of activities in the East Valley,'' Sugarman explained. ``We have been one of the first to offer support and have been in the forefront of offering services when Toras HeShem was rebuilding.''

The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with the groundbreaking ceremony at Shaary Zedek, 12800 Chandler Blvd., North Hollywood.

From 300 to 500 people, including Valley rabbinical leaders, political leaders and celebrities, are expected to march down the boulevard en route to Toras HeShem's new building at 12422 Chandler Blvd.

Among the expected guests will be City Councilman Michael Feuer and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, as well as Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys.

Also expected to attend is Ido Aharoni, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles.

Donors and supporters will be honored at the building dedication and reception.

Anyone interested in attending the joint ceremony can call Toras HeShem at (818) 980-6934 or Shaary Zedek at (818) 763-0560.

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Photo: (1) Rabbi Zvi Block stands in the rebuilt Toras HeShem synagogue.

David R. Crane/Daily News

(2) Rabbis Aron Tendler, left, and Marvin Sugarman survey the renovation area for 45-year-old Shaary Zedek synagogue in North Hollywood.

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